Lovejoy Independent School District

Celebrating 100 Years of Excellence in Education

Centennial Logo Designed by Hudson Samuels, LHS Student

A Message from the Superintendent



Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
I hope you were able to attend Leopard Friday last week and that you had a good time. We had a large crowd at all of the events that evening. I know parking was a challenge for some of you. Due to construction, we are 69 parking slots short of our normal count. As always, we run a shuttle from the Grace Church on Estates and from Hart Elementary School. If you ride the shuttle, you will be dropped off at the gate. The shuttles run continuously throughout the night. Our next home football game is October 13th, which is also Homecoming. 


Good News From Austin


Update on School Finance

We received notification this week from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) regarding the additional funds we are to receive as a result of the special session. The special session funds are coming through as a hardship grant administered by the TEA. In August, the document from the legislature projected our grant amount at $1.8 million; however, we learned our actual amount will be $2.9 million. Considering the challenges of the budget this year and next, this is welcomed news. Our next opportunity for legislative relief will be in the 2019 session; therefore, we need a financial plan to carry us through both the 2017-2018 school year and the 2018-2019 school year. We already have a plan in place for this year, and will look to maximize this additional revenue to carry us through this year and next. Thanks for your hard work and advocacy to ensure our voice was heard in the Texas Legislature. We will continue to work through the options and to give you opportunities to participate in the process, if you so desire.


McDonald's Scholar Athlete


McDonald's High School Scholar Athlete of the Month:  Blake Motl

Congratulations to Lovejoy High School Senior, Blake Motl, the McDonald's High School Scholar Athlete of the Month. Representatives from McDonald's and CBS News DFW, surprised Blake yesterday with the announcement and with a $1,000 scholarship. The McDonald's High School Scholar Athlete of the Month is selected from nominations of athletes who excel in sports, the classroom, and the community.
 
Blake's interview will air on CBS News DFW (Chanel 11) on Friday morning at 6:00 AM and Friday afternoon at 4:00 PM. Blake, we are #lovejoyproud.





Pictured above from left to right, Daniel Motl (LHS, 9th grade), Coach Todd Ford, Blake Motl, and Pamela Motl.



Senior Project


Senior Project: Savanna Roulette

Congratulations to LHS Senior, Savanna Roulette, on a most successful Senior Project.  Savanna's Senior Project Mentor, Kevin Johnson, is a Senior Instructor with Hank Haney Golf.  Kevin shared the following information:
 
"My name is Kevin Johnson and I'm an instructor at Hank Haney Golf in McKinney. One of my students is Savanna Roulette, who as you know, is also a student of yours. I wanted to reach out to you, as her senior project mentor, to make sure you knew what was going on today. Amazingly, she has 98 golfers playing in the Tee It Up Fore MS charity event at West Ridge in McKinney. More importantly, she is going to raise over $90,000 and could get to $100,000."
 
Savanna did exceed the $100,000 mark. Great job, Savanna. We are #lovejoyproud.
 
Savanna is pictured below with Randy Trevino, Lovejoy High School College and Career Counselor.




PTA Reflections


PTA Reflections: Within Reach

The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA, Lovejoy Local and Council PTAs, and PTAs across the country urge students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works. This year's contest theme is "Within Reach".  We hope all Leopards will submit an entry in one or more of the following categories: Dance Choreography, Literature, Film Production, Photography, Visual Arts, and Music Composition - reflecting on the specific theme. There is a special artist division option for students with disabilities to ensure all students have the opportunity to participate in the program. Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way which is personal and meaningful.  For rules and entry forms, click here .  The deadline is Friday, October 27th.
   
Please contact Kari Harris with questions at: karikharris@yahoo.com .  


Special Thanks - Volunteers


Lovejoy Parent Volunteers

We are very fortunate in Lovejoy to have the support of many parent volunteers throughout the district.  We do not stop to take time as often as we should to thank our parents for all their hard work and volunteer efforts.  From working a concession stand to supporting a booster club, to preparing a library for a book fair, to volunteering in a classroom, just to name a few, please know you are very much appreciated. 
 
Pictured below:  The Hart Elementary School "Wild West" library is ready for the book fair. Thank you to the following volunteers who generously gave of their time, efforts, and talent to transform the Hart library: Amber Hare, Kim Dziubinski, Emily Hanchey, Michelle Garroni, Courtney Beal, Stephanie Hertweck, and Monique Palmer. Pictured are Stephanie Hertweck (left) and Courtney Beal (right).

   


Foundation for Lovejoy Schools


Men's Tailgate Tournament:  October 11
 
It is time for the men to sign up for the Men's Tailgate Tournament. Join us for food, beer, and a cornhole tournament. The tournament is double elimination, so everyone is guaranteed to play two games. The tournament will be held at the home of John and Kris Dunaway in Lucas. Sponsors for the event are Renfrow Dunaway Group, Lee Lewis, Nine Band Brewing, Tom Grisak Estate Homes Realtors, Estate Life Magazine - Lucas and Fairview, Chick-fil-A of Allen, and the Dunaway Family. For more information and to register for the event, click on the following link: Men's Tailgate Registration .
 
Wednesday, October 11
6:30 PM
120 McMillen, Lucas, Texas



A Message from the 
Deputy Superintendent


GPA and Class Rank Q&A
(First in a Series)
 
Dear Lovejoy Community:
 
I hope each of your students has had a great start to the school year.
 
Last week, a parent asked me a great question regarding our policy for calculating GPA and class rank at the high school. Questions on this topic are asked from time to time, and I think our practices should be transparent to allow all high school parents and students the opportunity to understand our district policy and the rationale. Our goal remains the same, which is to ensure our graduates are viewed as positively as possible in the college admissions process, while ensuring internal equity in our class ranking system.  The parent asked:
 
Q:   Can the second, third, and fourth year of choir be placed on a higher tier and receive more weighted points in the GPA calculation? 
 
A:   There is no doubt Choir is an excellent program and involves the application of many academic skills, and hours of time practicing, attending rehearsals, and performing at concerts.  However, in order to maintain equity within our class ranking system, we have purposefully designed our three course weighting system in the following categories, as described in Lovejoy ISD Board Policy EIC (Local):   
 
"For purposes of class rank, courses shall be divided into the following three categories:

1.  Tier 1 - Advanced Placement Courses.
2. Tier 2 - Core subject courses (mathematics, science, English/ language arts, and social studies) taken in grades 9 - 12, Pre-Advanced Placement courses taken in other districts, and senior project courses.
3. Tier 3 - All other courses."
 
The weighted scale system is designed to decrease the opportunities for inequity in an effort for a student to achieve a higher class rank. All of the extra-curricular and co-curricular programs are extremely beneficial to the school experiences of our students, and to place one above another would create a disparate system which would be nearly impossible to defend legally. Furthermore, ethically as a district, we value all programs available to our students because we never know which might be the spark they need to reach their potential and/or which might be the doorway to the future of their choosing after high school.
 
Ultimately, it is accurate that a student's GPA could decrease as they take Tier 3 courses, but this is true for students regardless of which Tier 3 extra-curricular and co-curricular programs they choose while in high school, which is the intended outcome of the equitable ranking policy we have created.
 
The vast majority of the time, Lovejoy students who have a high class rank achieve this as a result of taking as many Tier 1 courses as possible, and earning the highest grade possible in those courses and all other courses taken.
 
We hope you continue to love where you learn.  If you have feedback to help us improve, please do not hesitate to contact me on my cell at 214.385.1967.
 
Respectfully,
Dennis Muizers


Athletics


Lovejoy Cross Country

On Saturday, September 23rd, the Lovejoy Cross Country program hosted the 2017 Lovejoy XC Fall Festival at Myers Park in McKinney. The Lovejoy XC Fall Festival is regarded as one of the most competitive and largest cross country meets in the State of Texas. A total of 78 high school teams, 26 middle school teams, and over 2,600 runners competed in the event.
 
The Lovejoy boys top 10 squad won the overall title in the Elite Boys Division. They beat #8 (6A), Flower Mound Marcus, #2 (5A) Grapevine, #5 (5A) Frisco Wakeland, #8 (5A) and State Runner Up Donna North, and #10 (5A) Prosper. Several other top 10 ranked 4A and 3A teams also competed in the Elite Boys division. Brady Laboret and Will Muirhead became the first Lovejoy duo to run under 16 minutes in the 5K. A total of 9 Lovejoy runners ran 16:43 or faster in the 5K.
 
The next 10 boys for Lovejoy competed in the Big School Varsity Boys division, placing 2nd overall to Highland Park's top squad by only 8 points. Lovejoy JV Boys placed 3rd overall out of 43 teams.
 
The Lovejoy girls team, comprised of the top 10 girls, competed in the Elite Varsity Girls division, placing 9th out of 19 top-ranked teams in the state. Lovejoy girls beat #10 (5A) Grapevine. Lovejoy girls 2nd top 10 squad placed 17th out of 30 teams in the Big School Girls division. The JV girls team placed 25th out of 36 total teams.
 
Click here for a complete listing of results.  Click here to view the Lovejoy Elite Varsity Boys Team interview with MileSplitTX.  Click here to view the Lovejoy Elite Varsity Girls Team interview with MileSplitTX.  




Lovejoy Tennis

Yesterday, the Lovejoy Tennis Team defeated the North Forney Falcons 19-0. The win brings the team's 15-5A District Record to 4-1. The Leopard Tennis Team will travel to Mesquite Poteet on October 3rd to continue their 15-5A schedule. We hope you will join us in supporting the Leopard Tennis program.

 


Lovejoy Volleyball

The Lady Leopards continued their winning track by defeating the Highland Park Lady Scots on Friday, September 22nd, 3-2. The Lady Leopards also defeated the Wylie East Lady Raiders last night 3-1. The wins place the Leopards at 6-0 in 15-5A competition. Next, the Lady Leopards travel to West Mesquite to play the Lady Wranglers. On Friday, October 6th , the Lady Leopards are at home versus the North Forney Lady Falcons. The game will begin at 5:30 PM in Leopard Gym. We hope to see our Leopard fans in the stands supporting the Lady Leopards.  




Lovejoy Football
 
The Lovejoy Leopard Varsity Football team lost last Friday night at Leopard Stadium to the Highland Park Scots 50-7.
 
Lovejoy travels to Hanby Stadium to take on the West Mesquite Wranglers this Friday, September 29th. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM.
 
The Leopards next home 15-5A contest is Friday, October 13th, against the Forney Jackrabbits. This is the 2017 Homecoming game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM. Tickets may be purchased at the Lovejoy High School store until Friday, October 13th, at 12:00 PM. Pre-game admission for general seating is $6 for adults and $3 for students (K-12). Tickets purchased at the gate on home varsity football nights are $8.00 for both adults and students.




Fine Arts


A New Tradition:  Chant of the Week

The Lovejoy High Cheer Team is pleased to announce the new tradition of "Chant of the Week." 
 
Watch the Lovejoy Varsity cheerleaders' video and be ready to cheer our Leopards to victory at the game this Friday night against West Mesquite.  Kickoff is at 7:30 PM at E.H. Hanby Stadium. We hope to see all of the Leopard fans in Mesquite.  Let's make some noise.



Lovejoy Theatre Department: Tickets On Sale for A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Lovejoy High School Theatre Department is proud to present the first mainstage show of the year with one of the most beloved Shakespeare classics, A Midsummer Night's Dream. The show will be presented at the Lovejoy High School Auditorium on September 28th and 30th at 7:00 PM.
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream is about the world's most popular pastime; falling in love. On one such midsummer's night, Hermia (played by Junior, Marcie Sawyers) escapes from her arranged marriage with her lover Lysander (Sophomore, Cy Feagin). They are followed by Demetrius (Sophomore, Bryce Fuller), whom Hermia is being forced to marry, as well as Helena (Senior, Hannah Hansen), who is hopelessly in love with Demetrius. These four lovers become entangled in the dream-like arms of an enchanted forest where fairies and sprites rule, all while being caught in a mess of love potions and plays within plays.
 
From humorous lines to memorable scenes, A Midsummer Night's Dream is a performance for everyone featuring characters audiences will adore such as Oberon (Sophomore, Joey Chavez) and Titania (Senior, Raegan Vaughn), the forest trickster, Puck (Senior, Jess Luce), and the ill-fated weaver, Bottom (Junior, Austin Keefer).
 
Tickets are $7 for students, seniors, and staff, and $10 for adults. Click here to buy your tickets now. 
 
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a hilarious, joyful play families will fall in love with (no love potion required). Come enjoy the show at the Lovejoy High School Auditorium, 2350 Estates Parkway, Lucas, Texas.





Lovejoy Band

Last night, every member of the LHS Jazz Band competed in the Region 25 All-Region Jazz audition. Six players made the All-Region Jazz Band, and a 7th player was named as an alternate, and is eligible to audition for State next Wednesday, October 4th.  The All-Region Jazz Band is comprised of 20 of the best players in the Region, with 6 from Lovejoy High School:
 
Joel Reaves
Trumpet (First Chair)
 
Patrick O'Brien
Trumpet
 
Sam Oates
Trumpet
 
Charis Vela
Vibes
 
Jack Supan
Guitar
 
Luke Prins
Trombone
 
Kyle Easley
Trombone
(first Alternate, qualified to audition for State)  


In Case You Missed It


District-Wide News


Eagle Project: Hurricane Harvey Relief
A Message from Hunter Kight

"My name is Hunter Kight, I am an 8th grader at Willow Springs, and I've just started my eagle project. I have chosen to help the Hurricane Harvey victims for my project. Many of the victims did not have flood insurance, and this looks to be the most costly natural disaster in U.S. history. The clean-up and rebuild effort will take more than a year. There is a time during disasters like this that charities experience donor fatigue. This is where donations drop to their lowest. Through my project, I am trying to reduce donor fatigue by collecting basic essential items. I have partnered with the Salvation Army to collect supplies like canned goods, baby food/formula, hygiene items, diapers, and cases of water. Large donation boxes are located at each school to collect these items. I will leave these boxes out until November 3, 2017. Please consider supporting this effort by filling the boxes and helping the victims."
 
Click here for additional information.



Lovejoy Homecoming "Black Out" Shirt Order Form: Deadline is September 29


Lovejoy Homecoming is Friday, October 13th. Be a part of the Homecoming tradition by wearing the "Black Out" spirit shirt. The deadline for orders is Friday, September 29th.   Click here to print your order form. T-shirts are $10 each.
 
Additionally, "Black Out" spirit shirts will also be available during lunches at WSMS and LHS from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM during Homecoming week.   


Homecoming Mums

The Lovejoy Majestics will be selling mums in the high school commons area during A, B and C lunch from Monday, September 25th, through Thursday, October 12th, between 11:25 AM and 1:00 PM; and in the evenings, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the high school between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM from Tuesday, September 26th, through Thursday, October 12th.   
 
Majestic Mums are a great Lovejoy tradition, with all profits supporting the Majestics Dance Team. A dazzling array of mums and garters  will be offered to suit any taste and budget. Unique custom designs are available  for mums and garters, with numerous decorative ribbons, bling, and sports-specific trinkets, from football, basketball, baseball, band, theater, choir, fishing, wrestling, and so much more. Come by the LHS Commons Area to see the offerings.  The Majestics thank you for your support. 
 
New This Year:  Name loops, braids and bases for purchase to help you make your own.  



Lovejoy ISD Pre-Kindergarten
Space Available

Our district has offered a Pre-K program as a part of our employee daycare program for the past 11 years. On the suggestion of parents, we decided to expand that program and offer a tuition-based program open to our community. We currently have two Pre-K classrooms open at Puster Elementary. This program offers enhancements in music, fitness, art, library, science, technology, engineering, and math. We are enthusiastic about providing a Lovejoy education for community members looking for a rich learning experience which will provide a firm foundation for kindergarten and beyond.  The first week of school we received an email from a parent with a child in the program and this is what she said:
 
"My daughter loves her new school and runs to get dressed every morning (used to throw a fit). Her teachers are great."
 
If you are interested in applying, please click here .  To schedule a tour of the Pre-Kindergarten program, please contact Stacey Dillon at 469.742.8003.



 
The Lovejoy Running Club

The Lovejoy Running Club will be meeting every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6:00 PM near the Duck Pond at Celebration Park. All ages and ability levels are welcome to attend, from novice walkers looking to shed a few pounds, to elite runners gearing up for the next race. If you have questions regarding the running program, you may contact:  greg_christensen@lovejoyisd.net . P.S. Dogs are welcome. 


 
ASA Winter Basketball Registration Now Open

Registration for ASA Winter Basketball is now open for grades K - 12.  Click here for additional information.
 


 
Health Science Educator

Are you a licensed nurse? Have you ever considered helping develop the next generation of healthcare providers? Come work as a Health Science Educator in Lovejoy ISD and help make a difference in our growing program. We are seeking a dedicated individual with the following qualifications:
 
  • Licensed nurse
  • Minimum of two years of nursing experience in a facility
  • Experience teaching students or supervising nurse aides
  • High interest in teaching high school age students
  • Strong communication skills
 
Interested candidates may click here to apply.  Please contact Stephani Kranz at 469.742.8033  with questions.
 


Bus Drivers

Lovejoy ISD is currently accepting applications for full-time and part-time school bus drivers.  Click here for additional information.


Upcoming Events


Gifted and Talented Meet & Greet: September 28

The Lovejoy Gifted Association will host an informal Meet and Greet on Thursday, September 28th from 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM in the Board Room of the Lovejoy ISD Administration Building, 259 Country Club Road, Allen, TX, 75002. Please join us for a "light" breakfast and coffee, and to learn more about the Gifted and Talented program at LISD, as well as The Lovejoy Gifted Association. This is an opportunity to meet Brie Smith (LISD Director of Advanced Academics), Kari Lockhart (LISD Advanced Academics Coordinator), and other GT parents. For additional information, please visit the LGA website at www.lovejoygifted.org .


BYOP (Bring Your Own Parent) Volleyball Fall Session:  Pre-registration ends October 2

BYOP® Program Overview:    This training program is designed for any volleyball player, no matter what skill or ability level, as long as their goal is to become the best they can be. Parents must be fully dedicated to being actively involved in this program. BYOP® will provide excellent volleyball fundamental skills training, as well as life lessons to both player and parent.
 
BYOP® Program Details:  Each training session will build upon a solid foundation of all fundamental skills needed to participate in the sport of volleyball. Parents must be engaged in every training session, as well as the home training program involving physical and skills activities.
 
Click here for additional information regarding the Fall Session with the Intro to BYOP® on October 2nd, and training beginning on October 16th.
 

Lovejoy High School Parent Tech Session: October 4
Google Boot Camp - Calendar and Classroom

Would you like to access course calendars to see due dates and other information? Do you have questions about Classroom or Guardian Email Summaries? Bring your lunch or dinner and join us for a Parent Tech session on Wednesday, October 4th, at either 11:00 AM or 6:30 PM in the Lovejoy High School Library. We will take a look at where you can find course calendars and subscribe to them, how your teen turns in work on Google Classroom, and what is included in the Guardian Email Summary. There will be a Question/Answer session at the end.  We hope to see you there.
 
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Lovejoy High School Library (2nd Floor)
11:00 AM - Bring Your Own Lunch and Learn
6:30 PM - Bring Your Own Dinner and Learn


Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. 9th Annual Golf Tournament: October 6

Lovejoy Leopards, Inc. will host their 9th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, October 6th , at Twin Creeks Golf Club in Allen.  Registration will begin at 7:30 AM, with a Shotgun Start at 8:30 AM.  Click here for the registration form and for additional information.


Evening with the Majestics: October 13

The annual Evening with the Majestics will be Friday, October 13th. All Lovejoy ISD students in grades K-6 are invited to join the Majestics as we celebrate Homecoming. "Mini Majestics" (grades K-4) and "Majestics in Training" (grades 5-6) will perform the pre-game Fight Song in the Victory Lines on the field, and will then sit with the Majestics and participate in "stand routines" in the bleachers.  Click here for additional information.  Click here to complete the registration form and to be a part of the Homecoming tradition. 



 

WSMS Madagascar Live!: October 21

The Willow Springs Middle School cast and crew of Madagascar Live! invite you to attend:
 
Madagascar Live! Family Fun Night
Saturday, October 21st
6:00 PM
WSMS Courtyard and Cafeteria
 
Join the characters of Madagascar Live! for this family fun night. Sing the songs, play some games, and eat treats.  Enjoy a mini carnival-like atmosphere.  The night will conclude with an outdoor movie watching party of Madagascar (weather permitting). Bring a blanket and enjoy this great evening with the cast of Madagascar Live!. This is a great event for children and families in support of the middle school musical theatre program. Tickets will be $20 per person and will go on sale beginning Monday, October 2nd, at this link .  
 

Mini Madagascar Live! VIP Party: November 2

Are you a VIP? Join us for a Mini Madagascar Live! VIP Party on Thursday, November 2nd, at 6:15 PM.  November 2nd is opening night of the Willow Springs Middle School musical, Madagascar Live!. The animals are escaping from the Central Park Zoo, and you are invited to experience it firsthand.  If you like to Move It, Move It, we hope to see you at this exclusive engagement to meet the zoo animals, and experience a Crack a Lackin good time.
 
This experience includes a special pre-show backstage tour with a Madagascar Live! character, signed show poster, t-shirt, 1 adult ticket and 1 child/student ticket, a goody bag, and special reserved seating. Tickets are $50 and will go on sale Monday, October 2nd, at this link .  Tickets to this special event are limited to the first 50 students.  Tickets are available only online .


Friends of Fairview Firefighters Association/ Community Pancake Breakfast: October 21

 

Where Are They Now?



If you would like to provide us with accomplishments of a Lovejoy graduate, please click here.  We will share this information in the "Where Are They Now?" section of Email Express. It is a pleasure to report the successes of Lovejoy graduates during their college years and beyond.


Stay Connected


Lovejoy ISD App
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Love Where You Learn


As always, please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. 
 
With Respect,
 
Ted Moore
Superintendent
Lovejoy ISD
972.415.8129 (mobile)
469.742.8011 (office)